HSE News from the Health and Safety Executive UK

  • Building sub-contractor’s safety neglect led to his own injuries

    29 Jul 2014, 1:00 pm
    A Newton Abbot building sub-contractor who suffered a fractured spine while demolishing a temporary school classroom near Exmouth in Devon, has been fined for safety failings that could have also put the safety of others in danger.
  • British workplaces among safest in the world

    28 Jul 2014, 3:00 pm
    The number of people who lose their lives at work has dropped sharply by 85 per cent over the past forty years, from over 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 today, new figures reveal.
  • Safety notice – Preventing entrapment in plastics rotational moulding ovens

    28 Jul 2014, 2:00 pm
    This safety notice is about the risks of entrapment where there is whole body access into rotational moulding ovens during maintenance or other machine interventions.
  • Construction firms fined after workers hurt in scaffold collapse

    28 Jul 2014, 1:30 pm
    A house builder and a scaffolding company have been fined after two bricklayers were hurt falling from an unsafe scaffold.
  • Offshore Directive – public consultation

    28 Jul 2014, 11:00 am
    Public consultation; have your say by 21 September 2014. Proposed DECC/HSE approach to implementing the offshore safety Directive, changes to onshore health and safety regulations, and review of two health and safety ACOPs.
  • HSE launches enhanced land use planning advice service

    28 Jul 2014, 9:00 am
    A new service making it easier and quicker for developers and local planning authorities to access land use planning information and advice will be launched from 28 July. 
  • Pushing ‘health’ up the workplace health and safety agenda – London, 15 October 2014

    28 Jul 2014, 7:35 am
    The focus of the British Safety Council 2014 annual conference is workplace health, from initiatives that organisations put in place to promote healthy lifestyles through to major programmes designed to eradicate work-related disease.
  • Essex farming company fined after trailer death

    25 Jul 2014, 5:00 pm
    A Southminster farmers’ co-operative has been sentenced after a worker was killed when the tailgate of a hydraulic trailer fell and struck him across the neck.
  • Worker’s jaw shattered after Kent firm neglects safety

    25 Jul 2014, 8:30 am
    A Kent recycling firm has been prosecuted after an employee had his jaw shattered into ‘pieces like cornflakes’ when he was hit by a piece of plastic pipe ejected from a bandsaw.
  • Ely mushroom farm sentenced over worker’s arm injury

    24 Jul 2014, 4:00 pm
    A mushroom farming business has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arm was caught in unguarded machinery at a site in Cambridgeshire.
  • Firm sentenced after forklift truck ran over worker’s leg and foot

    24 Jul 2014, 3:30 pm
    An Aberdeen firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was injured when a forklift truck ran over his leg and foot.
  • Five in court for multiple safety failings

    24 Jul 2014, 3:00 pm
    A Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors have been fined for repeated safety failings after workers were caught on a roof without taking proper safety precautions.
  • RR1008 – National survey of the burden of sickness absence in the waste and recycling industry

    24 Jul 2014, 10:30 am
    The aim of the project was to provide HSE and the industry with reliable estimates of rates of sickness absence for specific categories of ill health and for key work tasks undertaken by workers.
  • Health and safety myth busting panel reaches 300th case

    24 Jul 2014, 9:00 am
    A panel of experts set up to expose incorrect or overzealous interpretation of health and safety regulations has ruled on its 300th case.
  • Case 300 – No mirror in disabled toilet

    24 Jul 2014, 8:00 am
    The landlady of a village pub blamed “health and safety” when asked why there was no mirror in the disabled toilet.